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Anatolica : Studies in Strabo - Ronald Syme


Studies in Strabo

Hardcover Published: 23rd March 1995
ISBN: 9780198149439
Number Of Pages: 424

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No historian of ancient Rome in this century has had a greater influence on historical research or won greater international acclaim than Sir Ronald Syme. His outstanding position was due mainly to his first two books, The Roman Revolution, which appeared in 1939, and Tacitus (two volumes, 1958) - although he went on to produce many more monographs, and seven volumes of his Roman Papers have so far appeared. The long gap between his first two books is partly explained by the war, which took him on official duties to Belgrade and Ankara; and he spent 1943-5 at Istanbul as Professor of Classical Philology. It was always known that Syme had continued to write during the war, in particular the 'Straboniana' investigations into the famous ancient Geography composed by Strabo, a native of Asia Minor, in the time of Augustus. After Syme's death, the manuscript was discovered among his papers: he had not quite completed the work, but what he had written, with almost complete annotation, represents a substantial and fascinating study of the historical geography of Anatolia in the Hellenistic and early Roman period. Syme ruthlessly dissects the often incoherent and inconsistent text of Strabo, at the same time providing rich detail on client kings, Roman generals and emperors, writers, and travellers. Above all, he shows unequalled ability to understand the landscape and settlement of Anatolia; and the work is composed in the same forceful and elegant style that made his other books classics of historical literature.

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`This volume has been long awaited. Anatolica makes an enormous contribution to the study of Strabo. B. must be congratulated on the vast amount of work he has put in to find, read, edit and publish this book. S.'s book shows the importance not only of the information given by Strabo for the study of Anatolian geography and history but also the role of this area in Roman policy. Remarkable are the sections on Armenia, a region seldom studied in modern Western classical scholarship. Much space is also devoted to the local population.' Gocha R. Tsetskhladze, Royal Holloway University of London, The Classical Review, Vol. XLVI, No. 1, 1996 `most of S.'s hallmarks are present in abundance: the unmatchable precision of reference deployed with maximum economy ... the studied but tough prose style, spiced, as always, with ironic humour; and the unique sense of authority characteristic of all his writing ... Syme's Anatolica remains a major contribution.' Simon Swain, University of Warwick, Journal of Roman Studies, Vol. LXXXVIII 1996 `Even more striking than the work's wide geographical scope is the range of approaches and techniques deployed ... Anatolica is a splendid and valuable collection of both detailed and far-reaching studies, tackling and satisfactorily solving many apparently intractable textual and historical problems ...' Katherine Clarke, Christ Church, Oxford, Gnomon, vol 71, 1999

List of Maps
Editor's Introduction
The Royal Roadp. 3
The Geography of Armenia
Mount Niphatesp. 27
The Armenian Gatesp. 39
Taurus and Masiusp. 46
Sophene and Gordyenep. 51
Tigranocertap. 58
Atropatene and Matianep. 66
Pompeius Magnus
Pompeius and the Parthiansp. 87
The Euphrates Crossingsp. 95
The New Provincesp. 111
The Roman Vassals
Deiotarusp. 127
The Status of Armenia Minorp. 137
The Accession of Archelaus Philopatrisp. 144
Castabalap. 153
Tarcondimotusp. 161
Lycomedes the Lord of Comanap. 166
The Southern Mountains
Pisidia and the Milyasp. 177
Campaigns in the Milyasp. 193
The Pacification of Pisidia and Lycaoniap. 204
The Taurus Tribesp. 216
The Augustan Coloniesp. 225
The Eastern Legionsp. 242
The Homonadensian Warp. 257
The Rank and Repute of Lyciap. 270
The Eastern Question
Pontus in the Time of Augustusp. 289
C. Marcius Censorinus in the Eastp. 302
The Dynasty of Media Atropatenep. 308
The Expedition of Gaius Caesarp. 317
App. A. Strabo on Celaenae-Apameap. 335
App. B. An Aulon in Pisidiap. 340
App. C. The Sanctuary of Men near Pisidian Antiochp. 344
App. D. The Foundation of Prusa ad Olympump. 348
App. E. When did Strabo Write?p. 356
Index of Personsp. 369
Index of Peoples and Placesp. 381
Index of Passages in Strabop. 394
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ISBN: 9780198149439
ISBN-10: 0198149433
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 23rd March 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.77

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